Jordan Spieth keeps grand slam hopes alive

MASTERS champion Jordan Spieth will head to the birthplace of golf next month with his shot at immortality intact after shooting a final round one-under par 69 to win the 115th US Open by a single stroke.

At 21, the Texan became the fourth-youngest player to win two majors, and the youngest since Gene Sarazen in 1922.

Victory at the Old Course at St Andrews would put Spieth one win away from becoming the first player to win all four majors in a calendar year.

After finishing his round at five-under, one clear of South African Louis Oosthuizen who finished with rounds of 66, 66, 67 after opening with a seven-over par 77, Spieth could only watch on as countryman Dustin Johnson had a 4m eagle putt on the par-five 18th to get to six-under.

A scarcely believable three putt by Johnson gave a relieved Spieth, who led by three shots on the 17th tee before making a double bogey, the title.

"I'm in shock. Wow," he said. "I feel sorry for Dustin".

Aussie Adam Scott also made a run, shooting the best round of the tournament, a six-under par 64, to finish in a tie for fourth with fellow Aussie Cameron Smith at three-under.

Smith, playing in his first major, had a tap-in eagle putt on the 18th for a two-under par 68, making him the only player in the field to shoot par or better in every round on a course described by nine-time major winner Gary Player as possibly the most difficult he had seen.

After starting the final round with a share of the lead at four-under, Queenslander Jason Day again struggled with vertigo, closing with a four-over par 74 to finish in a tie for ninth.

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